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Traditional match-three games are usually presented on a flat screen with some kind of grid. Players usually flip tiles in order to make a match and point scores go up the more matches you make at one time.

TWIST3D is kind of not at all like that. It is a match-three game, but it is played on a rotating cube instead of a flat grid. You can’t flip tiles, but you can flip the entire cube. You earn the most points for matching tiles that have gems inside of them.

Players are given 30 seconds to match as many tiles as possible. All you have to do is tap the row or column that has three matching colors together. The game randomly populates new tiles, which may or may not change the current pattern on the cube wall. If there are no matches, flip the cube around by swiping from left to right on the screen. Find matches on the new cube side until there are no more and move on by swiping again.

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You can also rotate the face of the cube wall. At first, it doesn’t seem like this feature does any good, but it helps you progress in solving puzzles. I’ll explain.

At the top of the screen, there is a pattern of dots. These dots represent the color and location that you must destroy a gem on the cube. So, if there are three green gems at the top and one at the bottom left, you must match three green tiles along the top of the cube and also make a match with green tiles that includes the bottom left one.

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Within that short 30 seconds, you must match as many tiles and smash as many gems as possible for the highest score. You can extend your time by seven seconds every time you solve a puzzle.

Every time you play a round, you earn in-game currency, which is used to buy one-time boosters. The Single Cube Blaster allows you to destroy one tile on the cube. The Multicolor Cube replaces one tile with a tile of any color. The Color Blaster destroys all tiles of a single color.

TWIST3D is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for free. Download it in the App Store today.

What do you think of this 3-D twist on the traditional match-three genre? Let us know in the comments below.